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CoverConrad, Harald / Lützeler, Ralph (eds.)
Aging and Social Policy. A German-Japanese Comparison

2002 • ISBN 978-3-89129-840-4
353 Seiten, geb. · EUR 45,-

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (Hg.): Monographien, herausgegeben vom Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien  (Bd. 26)

In recent years, Japan and Germany have been facing very similar challenges: aging populations, changing employment structures, long-lasting economic stagnation, and globalization, all of which threaten existing social security arrangements. Both countries are in a number of respects more socially and politically regulated, and in this sense less liberal, than the Anglo-American economies. Nonetheless, during the last couple of years several important social policy reforms have been implemented. A comparison of these reforms may provide valuable insights into the changing character of "conservative" welfare states.
This volume concentrates on two fields of social policy: long-term care insurance and public pensions. These social insurances are at the center of current public debate in both countries because population aging translates immediately into a higher demand for care for the elderly and old age security. The contributions range from demographic and policy implications of aging through detailed analyses on the different reform measures to specific aspects such as bioethical or regional policy considerations. The volume is intended not only for experts specializing in social policy research but also for policy makers as well as the general reader interested in the current debates centering on the "restructuring of the welfare state".


  • Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit: Preface

  • Harald Conrad and Ralph Lützeler: German and Japanese Social Policy in Comparative Perspective

  •  Arai Makoto: The Aging Society and the Social Security System in Japan

  •  Kojima Hiroshi: Population Aging and Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Japan

  •  Karin Veith: The Aging Process in Germany and Implications for a Needs-Oriented Social Policy

  • Paul Talcott: The Politics of Japan’s Long-Term Care Insurance System

  • Gerhard Naegele and Monika Reichert: Six Years of Long-Term Care Insurance in Germany

  • Iris Knüver and Matthias Merfert: Long-Term Care Insurance in Germany: The Role of the Federal States

  • Thomas Klie: Long-Term Care Insurance in Germany and Japan: A Comparative Comment

  • John Creighton Campbell: How Policies Differ: Long-Term Care Insurance in Japan and Germany

  • Harald Conrad: Japan: The Implications of Recent Public and Occupational Pension Reforms

  • Winfried Schmähl: Pension Policy in Germany: Major Postwar Reforms and Recent Decisions

  • Heinz Rothgang: Germany: Projections on Public Long-Term Care Insurance Financing

  • Ralph Lützeler: Demographic and Regional Aspects of Aging and Long-Term Care in Japan

  • Sabine Frühstück: On the Institutionalization and De-Institutionalization of Old Age

  • Kimura Rihito: Bioethical Public Policy and the Making of the 1997 Japanese Long-Term Care Insurance Law

  • About the Authors


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